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5 Sports Picks: Betting on the NHL

Here are the NHL’s best bets, courtesy of sports guru Davey B, including the lowdown on the Islanders, Flyers, Bruins and more.

The pucks are flying. Here are five points to ponder as the NHL concludes the first quarter of its schedule.

  1. The New York Islanders are showing that last year’s meteoric rise and playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins was no fluke. They’re playing hungry, and entered the second half of November at 14-3-1, rallying from a 3-0 third-period hole to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers on the road last weekend.
  2. Other hot teams now include the Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche and defending Stanley Cup champions the Louis Blues.

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  1. Most improved teams this season include the Florida Panthers, who got defensive help in the off-season. This looks like a breakout year for them. Declining clubs? The Columbus Blue Jackets dealt away big players after going all in for a Stanley Cup run last year and failing.
  2. Under-achieving groups include the Vegas Golden Knights, who were in the Stanley Cup finals two years ago as an expansion team. But if the last two games are any indication, it could be a good time to jump on them for a while, because they’re looking at a possible turnaround.

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  1. Futures! Want deals on the potential Stanley Cup winner? Do it now if you can:
  • The shortest price, the Boston Bruins, are nearly an 8-1 payout at William Hill. The defending champion Blues are 11-1.
  • The Montreal Canadiens and Flyers are 35-1. Odds pay high because teams must first qualify for the playoffs and win it all in late spring.
  • The Detroit Red Wings are 500-1 if you have a sense of humor and no other charity to devote money to.

Why look now? The Knights were a 200-1 preseason choice before reaching the Stanley Cup finals two years ago. The St. Louis Blues were below .500 on January 3 last year before rallying to win it all. And a team that’s 35-1 now may be 3-1 in May.

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Dave Bontempo, a multiple award-winning writer and broadcaster, has covered sports for the Associated Press, ESPN, HBO and Showtime and called boxing matches on every major network. Dave is a winner of the Sam Taub Award for broadcast excellence given by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and is a member of both the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame and the Atlantic City International Boxing Hall of Fame. He writes regularly for sportsquare.com and Global Gaming Business magazine.

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